Praying in solidarity with people everywhere
The foundations of our world seem shaky, unstable. People everywhere are challenged by a global crisis not experienced in our lifetime. This pandemic continues to escalate and no one can predict its end. Good Shepherd communities, ministries and organisations all over the world are struggling to cope with the impact.
As we share our stories of illness and death, enforced isolation, changed patterns of living and working, collapse of industries and businesses, loss of income and work, pressure on health systems and danger to frontline health workers we look for inspiration and hope. Many Good Shepherd communities and organisations, in the midst of crisis, look to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their members and those around them, while continuing to prioritise the people who need the services of their programs and who are most vulnerable to these times.
Let us commit ourselves in solidarity with each other and people everywhere.
Message from Sr Ellen Kelly
Sr Ellen Kelly, Congregational Leader shares her reflections, describing the pandemic as "...calling us to live communion, interconnectedness and relationality with all people and oneness with all creation. No more tribes and 'My country first' at the expense of others. The reality is we are ONE, In this time of crisis many are feeling the sadness and suffering of others in a manner that most of us never knew before. Even when in Lockdown we desire to find ways to connect, to bring some joy to people we may not even know. Think of those playing music on the balcony.
Watch the video of Ellen's message, and read it below:
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Read - 2020.03.26 Message from Sr Ellen Kelly
Prayer is Not Enough
Message from The Dalai Lama reminds us that we need to fight COVID-19 with Compassion
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What is this thing that has happened to us?
“What is this thing that has happened to us? It’s a virus, yes. In and of itself it holds no moral brief. But it is definitely more than a virus. Some believe it’s God’s way of bringing us to our senses. Others that it’s a Chinese conspiracy to take over the world.
Whatever it is, coronavirus has made the mighty kneel and brought the world to a halt like nothing else could. Our minds are still racing back and forth, longing for a return to “normality”, trying to stitch our future to our past and refusing to acknowledge the rupture. But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality.
Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
Arundhati Roy is a highly regarded Indian author, and a political activist involved in human rights and environmental issues.